Not only is poaching the 5th largest criminal operation in the world, it also fuels the ugliest international plague- terrorism, and is also a result of it. In African countries particularly, where poaching is an international organized crime, poaching of elephants for their tusks and rhinos for their horns has been turning increasingly vicious over the years. The enormous backing from Chinese markets and the funds obtained for these products form a major part of the economic structure of terrorist organizations like the Boko Haram.
Kathryn Bigelow's short film 'Last Days' is excellent commentary on this crisis. Diogo Verrisimo, a reader on my Facebook page, has penned an interesting contradictory opinion on the issue that can be read on 'The Conversation' here.
The cartoon appeared in my fortnightly column in The Hindu's BLink last weekend- http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/blink/explore/article6793700.ece